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Schipperke

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Schipperke

The Schipperke is a small dog with a thick coat and a ruff around his neck. The Schipperke is always black and is the only color accepted by the AKC. Abroad, colors range from fawns to tans. The body is short and square. The topline is slightly sloped. The chest is wide and should reach down to the elbows. The fox-shaped head has a pointed muzzle. It has small oval eyes. The ears are erect and triangle-shaped. The teeth should meet in a scissor-like bite. Dewclaws should be removed from all legs if showing the dog. This breed is normally tail-less, but if born with a tail, it is usually docked. A Schipperke who has a tail left intact has a beautiful plume that curves up over its back. Proponents of the natural look feel that the tail acts as a barometer of the dog's mood.

Temperament The Schip is a sharp, perky and kind-natured dog. Though he can be hot-tempered and high-spirited, they are confident and protective. They are wary of strangers but are devoted to their families, especially the children. They will defend their property from all intruders. They are good with other dogs and with cats. They can be willful, but are easy to train. They like to bark and howl and can be difficult to housebreak.
Height, Weight Height: 10-13" ; Weight: 12-18 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is prone to epilepsy, hip dysplasia, hypothyroid, slipping hip sockets, and new to this breed, MPS 111B.
Living Conditions The Schip can live fine in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised. They are very quick and should have a fenced yard.
Exercise This is an active and tireless breed. They should be allowed to run often. They are very active indoors, but love the chance to run off their lead in a park or yard.
Life Expectancy 15 or more years
Grooming This breed takes good care of its own grooming needs. Brush or comb the double coat regularly. Bathe only when necessary. They shed little or no hair until the coat "blows" which is about 3 times a year.
Origin These small watchdogs from the Belgian province of Flanders have been known for many hundreds of years. Although there are those today who say the Schip is a miniature version of the black Belgian Sheepdog, it is more probable that he evolved from northern spitz dogs of early Viking days. Since the shepherd dogs trace their family tree to the same stock, one could still claim an ancient relationship. Queen Marie Henriette, wife of Belgian King Leopole II, saw a victorious Schipperke at a show in 1885 and acquired it, thus beginning its rise to favor as a fashionable pet. The Schipperke is recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Non-Sporting, UKC Companion Dog